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Trio accused of murdering Devern Stanley aka ‘Snoopy’ set free

- as jury, on instruction if judge, returns not guilty verdict due to lack of evidence
Vicardo Farrell aka ‘Scar’, left, and Dakheme Cheltenham aka ‘Kemo’ outside of the High Court following the not guilty verdict today, November 15, 2022. Photo: VINO
The decomposed body of Devern Stanley aka 'Snoopy' was found on July 28, 2016, two months after he went missing. Photo: Team of Reporters
The decomposed body of Devern Stanley aka 'Snoopy' was found on July 28, 2016, two months after he went missing. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Three men accused of the 2016 murder of Devern Stanley aka ‘Snoopy’ have been set free of the charges due to want of prosecution.

Moments ago, November 15, 2022, Justice Thomas Astaphan KC instructed the pool of jurors in the High Court to enter a not guilty verdict for all three accused as he had established that the prosecution provided no evidence, circumstantial or otherwise, that the three men together or individually murdered Stanley.

The accused were Dakheme Cheltenham aka ‘Kemo’, Vicardo Farrell aka ‘Scar’ and Kareem Durrant aka ‘Blacker’.

Durrant; however, remains imprisoned on another matter.

Lack of evidence

The men’s lawyers on November 14, 2022, submitted that the Crown had failed to present sufficient evidence against their clients that can determine guilty as accused.

All three attorneys pointed out a number of areas where the prosecution fell short of sufficient evidence, among which were the absence of forensic evidence, poor CCTV video, the fact that pathologist evidence stated that the injuries that resulted in the death of Stanley (blunt trauma) could have been sustained from the rock where the skeletal remains were found at Rogues Bay.

The decomposed body of Stanley was found on July 28, 2016, two months after he went missing.

Prosecuting the case were Principal Crown Counsel Kellee-Gai Smith and Crown Counsel Kristian Johnson.

More details to follow.

57 Responses to “Trio accused of murdering Devern Stanley aka ‘Snoopy’ set free”

  • not nice (15/11/2022, 11:15) Like (96) Dislike (2) Reply
    The DDP very very weak causing the govenment lots of dollars
  • HOORAY!! (15/11/2022, 11:18) Like (9) Dislike (42) Reply
    Hallelujah Thank you father!
    • Sid (16/11/2022, 14:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who vet these the DPP and her staff? The last four DPP’s were not up to scratch. Does the AG Chamber’s assist and if they’re not up to par then? Tiffy was never the brightest bulb or the best orator. Her record at MC is quite atrocious (dismal). What will be the lasting effect of her tenure on the entire community?
  • bvi (15/11/2022, 11:19) Like (99) Dislike (4) Reply
    Governor please get rid of that DPP, this is embarrassing, this dpp woman has to go, now now now.
  • yeah (15/11/2022, 11:35) Like (92) Dislike (17) Reply

    Sorry to say, this is what happens when you put someone in a position because of where they are from. 

  • who (15/11/2022, 11:37) Like (58) Dislike (2) Reply
    are these lawyers, did they go to law school or did they buy the degrees? Have they ever won a case? This is sad.
  • Not again (15/11/2022, 11:38) Like (41) Dislike (1) Reply
    It’s good to be In the news when a high profile case has “been solved” or arrests made but How and Why is it that the DPP keeps allowing juniors to take these cases to court….since the DPP has taken over have any of you seen her name on any of these cases as the lead counsel.
    All this DPP wants to do is tit for tat. I do not feel safe in this country because the prosecution is WEAK in these cases. Murderers. And much more are on the road free all because this DPP is WEAK! Go write another article or to appeal this one because that’s all you try to do to save face. Since you have taken office it has been Straight Ls we are in trouble u less the government gets rid of this DPP and fast!
  • Another L (15/11/2022, 11:41) Like (50) Dislike (1) Reply
    What the heck going on in the DPP office buddy?!? Doesn’t anyone in the judiciary/legal profession see that department is constantly losing cases!?!? Now these same guys can sue for delay or justice and wrongful imprisonment for a lengthy period. No wonder why the infrastructure is crap; we keep having financial lawsuits stemming from the DPP and their ineptitude. TSE - needs to be replaced IMMEDIATELY!
  • Say What? (15/11/2022, 11:57) Like (62) Dislike (1) Reply
    It took over 6 years to realize there was no evidence?
    • Exactly (15/11/2022, 13:20) Like (19) Dislike (13) Reply
      Over 6 long years. The police like to pin thing on these young men and have absolutely no evidence.
  • hmmm (15/11/2022, 12:00) Like (57) Dislike (0) Reply
    Worst DPP in history or DPP's
  • old (15/11/2022, 12:24) Like (18) Dislike (16) Reply
    What A country. We keep on going back than going f ward. So you see y England need to take over.
    • bvi (15/11/2022, 13:11) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      UK has it's own problem that they cannot solve, must less ours
      • @bvi (15/11/2022, 15:11) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        trust the UK bigger then us and their solving more trust on that.

        the police quick to lock up and then while in jail forget the one thing you need EDVINANCE TO BACK UP YOUR CLAIM.

        but here the police and DPP get to comfortable and that how their losing.
  • Rubber Chicken (15/11/2022, 13:00) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    If we were a part of the USVI, our prosecutors would be a lot stronger, and our investigations would lead to the actual perpetrators being caught.
    • @Rubber Chicken (15/11/2022, 22:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      No, the police would be a lot stronger!!! This was dead out the water from the policing stage. Police are the ones responsible for investigation of crimes.
  • Which one is next (15/11/2022, 13:02) Like (70) Dislike (1) Reply
    How many serious cases has the DPP's office lost:

    1. Snoopy murder
    2. The Purcell Estate murder
    3. The Brandywine Bay murder
    4. The Police drug case

    All these cases were lost at the NO CASE SUBMISSION stage. There are more that I can't even remember. Time for a great reset. That entire office needs to go.
    • Tyson alcedo (15/11/2022, 15:53) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Home chilling. too!!
    • east (15/11/2022, 19:07) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      The foo lost the case with the contractor guy st.Elmore garraway up George’s north side 3 weeks ago he win a no case to answer for proverb the course off justice bunch off losers
    • @Which one is next (15/11/2022, 22:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Could it be weaking policing /gathering evidence? England could send in a few crown prosecutors but make sure them humble and not high minded to disrepct the DPP
    • GOOD ONE (17/11/2022, 07:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      I’ll tell you who is next- the white man undef arrest fir Frankie’s Martin death. No evidence against him.

  • Just Curious (15/11/2022, 13:11) Like (47) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am eagerly awaiting a response from the DPP as it relates to this matter. She was quick to slam Myron Walwyn about a matter that is not before the court yet, but matters that are before the court her office cannot win to save their lives. Go ahead now and blame the police because they are your scapegoat for your ineptitude. It is bad when a jury can return a verdict of "not guilty" having looked at the evidence before them, but is even worse when 90% of the dismissals are on a "no case basis". This boiled down to malicious prosecution if the court can agree that there were no evidence for the jury to look at. How bad does it look for a trial to last less than a week for the Judge to see that there were no evidence and the DPP office after six years didn't figure this out? I believe the Governor need to sit with the NSC and have a conversation concerning the head of the DPP because if the crown counsels who are on the feet unable to gain a conviction then the head of the department must be made to answer. Stop hiding around the Constitution and make tough love decisions or else we will suffer in the long run. The ship is sinking fast and the captain is sitting pretty because she's on no contract hence removing her might be difficult but not impossible. Let us get back our judicial system on track before we lose this beloved BVI to criminals, who should be locked away, walking free because those who are entrusted to fight for justice is failing us.
  • justin (15/11/2022, 13:16) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    look like crime does pay-law enforcement down the drain-prosecuters weak

    why can't there be a commission of inquiry about the social standards because that system needs to be improved

    we had a commission of inquiry associated with our political standards

    the judicial system weak arresting people and can not get a conviction( and we speaking about very serious crimes and criminal activity
  • Stiff Card (15/11/2022, 13:26) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    What’s the message here ? BVI has a weak prosecutorial system so have no fear in committing heinous crimes.
    Stop rushing to arrest people because of public pressure especially when your case is circumstantial or on the face of it weak.
    There is no deterrence for committing crimes now!! Our cases are won in the blogs and lost at court
  • WEW (15/11/2022, 14:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice work again ... DPP & Police
  • This is it! (15/11/2022, 14:21) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    If you want to get away with murder come to our shores and commit your crime! Get rid of the DDP. She’s not doing hers job! Seriously, this verdict does not send a good message to our youth. What a shame!
  • VG (15/11/2022, 14:27) Like (10) Dislike (23) Reply
    No evidence yo deaf or what free the man them , dead man tell no tales big up scar loud pack on deck
  • blame game (15/11/2022, 15:31) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    You guys can’t blame the DPP office if the Police Dept did a sloppy and poor job at the investigative stage and when gathering the evidence which clearly wasn’t strong to hold a conviction.

    DPP’s office role is to prosecute a game presented by the police. The DPP themselves does not investigate so they can’t be faulted however; in putting their case together they should have known whether they have a case or not based off the investigative file notes.

    So this tells me people are being charged wrongfully and the courts time is being wasted.
    • Who to Blame @ Blame Game (15/11/2022, 20:16) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      The DPPs office before bringing a case to court is to review the file, ensure that the evidence is water tight. If it's not, send the police back to do further investigations. If the evidence is still not there after re-reviewing the file DO NOT TAKE THE MATTER TO COURT.
    • Just Curious (15/11/2022, 23:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      I wish you would understand how the process works and stop chatting crap. The police investigate and the file is sent to the DPP who determines whether or not there is sufficient evidence to go for a trial. The DPP makes that decision. If the DPp decides to Prosecute obviously she must have believed the police did a good investigation to warrant prosecution of the persons charge. The bucks stops at the DPP. If there were no evidence then there should have been no charge and if there were evidence the those who prosecuted the matter was simply unable to build their case so that the evidence they sought they had before trial would have been accepted and the jury would at least gotten an opportunity to weigh the evidence and return with a verdict. Not s matter ended at a no case submission.
  • My Advice (15/11/2022, 15:37) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    To the three men, if you know in your heart of hearts you had nothing to do with what you were accused of doing and you had to sit in prison for 6 years for lack of evidence, it is time to slap a multi million dollar law suit on the DDP Office.
  • poor Police (15/11/2022, 17:00) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    All the police hard work gone to Nort 0 because of incompetent prosecutors. These 3 know what they did. God will find a way to deal with them...
  • it's best (15/11/2022, 17:28) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    you they release everyone arrested for the past 5 to 7 years and done.

    because the Ddp are like many others say are a waste of time.

    in fact not only them the police as well. Because the i am sure the Ddp is acting off the police advice. when they say let's charge this person here's the evidence.

    so for those who quick to throw full blame on the Ddp the police department is to be blame equally as well if not the most.

    or this judge got to go. i don't know. all I know something isn't right here.

    cause note the judge said no evidence at all. the Ddp don't provide evidence they only present such to the court.

    it's the police job to obtain proper evidence to submit to the ddp and then the ddp goes to court and present the evidence on behalf the people.

    so truly in the end police investigation department gots to go they suck at collecting evidence clearly.

  • The other two aside- (15/11/2022, 17:56) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Durrant is a repeat offender for alleged heinous crimes; stabbing and murder. Just type in his name followed by “BVI” and you will see the various articles. No one should feel safe with someone like that roaming the streets again. Very disappointed in this outcome. If he can be set free just free all the other young men up there for way less serious alleged crimes. This is a joke!
    • Tell You What (15/11/2022, 22:27) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dude can roam the streets all he want as long as he don’t step in my lane. He is the one that should not feel safe roaming the streets. Feel where I’m coming from? The streets done change a whole lot in 6 years.
      • @Tell you what (16/11/2022, 00:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        You damn skippy I feel the same way as long as dude don’t swerve in my lane we good. These streets change a whole lot while he was on the inside whole new game now. He should be the one not feeling safe walking on these streets. S::t getting ready to pop off soon.
    • The other two aside- (15/11/2022, 23:06) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I came back to say that I just realized it said he will remain on remand. Good.
  • Watchin (15/11/2022, 18:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    DPP has no case against the white main in the Frandie Martin boat case either. Real culprit it Ray Brewley.
    • @watchin (17/11/2022, 08:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound like you have a personal agenda… lol … no one ain’t ask or care your personal opinion on that matter.
  • Say what you like (15/11/2022, 19:36) Like (21) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is my opinion, I strongly believe those three had hands in green lighting snoopy. They skated because the DPP F****D UP.
  • hmmm (15/11/2022, 21:00) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    Mika Barry please confirm and thansk in advance….
  • Zach (15/11/2022, 21:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor advise +poor prosecution + lack of knowledge +arrogance + ignorance = D-p÷p
  • KOW (15/11/2022, 22:28) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    This DPP is going to bankrupt the country
    • two cents (15/11/2022, 23:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      My exact thoughts. If many of these young men can pull the money together to file a suit for wrongful imprisonment it would be a financial disaster.
  • ... (15/11/2022, 23:23) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    da mean scar back on the market for hire
  • bvi (16/11/2022, 04:58) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lots of Brite face Murderers walking among us on the streets of the BVIs, but there is one judge you wouldn't escape from, and that's the One looking down over all of us.He will have all the evidence the He needs.
  • 6 years? (16/11/2022, 08:28) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    How do you get locked up for years without them having any evidence? I ain’t understanding.
  • justin (16/11/2022, 08:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    In all fairness to DPP because it is only what the police department handover DPP will seek to move forward with

    with all the so-called experts within the police department these days yet the judicial system can't win a case due to poor evidence

    I think the setback in the court system most of the accused now have legal representation who vigorously question the evidence which is submitted during the hearings by the department of public prosecution

    Mr Police Officer stop sitting back depending on informers and move about our villages and keep it real: our place now have far more police a wide variety of squads yet there is a serious rise in criminal activity in a once tranquil place

    run blog that

  • WrongBlame (16/11/2022, 09:22) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    ????I c everyone blaming the DPP, for starters, they were able to get a conviction, that states that they did something right. Second, they can only work off of the evidence brought to them from the officers.

    The DPP may not be the best, but this one isn’t their fault, they can only work with what their given to work with.
    • blame game (16/11/2022, 13:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thank you WrongBlame! You making a lot of sense Unlike the posters Just Curious. Just Curious, the name says it all.
      • Just Curious (16/11/2022, 18:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        You and WrongBlame are ignorant of how the system works. Unless you know how the judicial system operates, it is best you read, do your own research and then blog from a position of strength and not sentiments. Now I fully understand the concept of the phrase "one fool makes many".
  • TO ALL (17/11/2022, 20:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The DPP is a joke. She likes to say no one can tell me who to prosecute. But I guess when the police hand over there investigative files and all the evidence that they say they have collected, you don't read them over or fact check them to see if they obtain them by going through the right channels to get them. All your evidence was thrown out because they was obtained illegally all the statement they so called collected was forged by police officers, all of this and you haven't brought any charges against any police officers as yet.

    DPP I don't think you should in office, you haven't tried NO high profile case as an DPP. All you do is complain about the judges when the judge is there to see that a fair trail is given to the accused. Yes the police dropped the ball in the investigation but it's you quit the game you could have should have seen there was not enough evidence to arrest these guy or take this to trail. I guess you was hoping that you polluted the jury pool by putting out enough propaganda on and in the media to get a conviction.
  • Atlas (17/11/2022, 23:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor bvi. They really need to send home that dpp. She is not co.petent
  • gg (19/11/2022, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The dpp is just f*t and lazy.

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